Oregon AG changes title of 'license to discriminate' bill to reflect what it really is

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is supporting those against a ballot measure that would legally protect individuals and businesses who refuse to provide commercial services to LGBT weddings if they have religious objections. Supporters of the ballot are taking issue with the title of the ballot measure issued by AG Rosenblum.

"It's very likely" that the group will appeal the ballot title to the Oregon Supreme Court, said Shawn Lindsay, legal counsel for Friends of Religious Freedom.

Peter Zuckerman, a spokesman for Oregon United for Marriage, which opposes the initiative, said his group was pleased the language "makes clear this measure creates exemptions to non-discrimination laws.  No one should be treated different because of who they are."

The certified ballot title issued by the attorney general on Friday contains this wording: “Religious belief” exceptions to anti-discrimination laws for refusing services, other, for same-sex ceremonies, “arrangements”

The AG is calling the measure what it is, "an exemption to anti-discrimination laws". To put it simply, a license to discriminate against the LGBT community. LGBT discrimination is difficult enough to overcome. Having laws that protect those who discriminate is dangerous and hurtful. We have seen similar laws proposed in Arizona, Mississippi, Kansas, Tennessee, and several other states. Most attempts have failed, but the issues remains alive.

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